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May 22nd 2017

King’s School pupil set for new heights thanks to pilot’s scholarship

Pictured alongside Cadet Flight Sergeant William Procter are (left) Flight Lieutenant Catherine Barton and (right) Lieutenant Colonel Ray Ogg of The King’s School Grantham Combined Cadet Force. (2)

Cadet Flight Sergeant William Proctor

The career of a budding pilot from Grantham could be set to take-off after he landed a prestigious scholarship.

The King’s School Grantham Combined Cadet Force (CCF) member, Cadet Flight Sergeant William Proctor, is one of only nine cadets in the United Kingdom to be accepted to the first ever Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Knight Flying Scholarship and the only one selected from a school based unit.

Out of applicants from across the UK he was selected by the head of the Air Cadet Organisation, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, as being among those showing the most promise for a successful career in aviation.

The 18-year-old will take part in a six-week residential course at Tayside Aviation as part of the scholarship which, upon successful completion, will lead to him being awarded a private pilot’s license.

William joined the King’s School CCF as he’d always wanted to be a pilot and it’s already provided him with more opportunities than flying aircraft. Through the CCF he’s also completed an Air Cadet leadership course, been part of an award-winning shooting team and earned the silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Cadet Flight Sergeant William Proctor

Cadet Flight Sergeant William Proctor

He said: “I was elated and excited when I heard I had been selected for the scholarship after staff at the CCF had nominated me for it. It’s a fantastic opportunity.

“I’ve always wanted to be a pilot, be it with the Air Force, the Navy or as a civilian pilot.

“Joining the CCF has been absolutely brilliant. I wanted to do as much flying as possible and it’s been great piloting the training aircraft. Being a part of the CCF has been really enjoyable and I particularly like the leadership side to it and emphasis on teamwork.”

William is currently taking his A-Levels and in September will go to Birmingham University to study Russian, French and German as part of a Linguist BA Honours Degree.

He was nominated for the award by Kings School CCF’s Contingent Commander Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Ray Ogg and the Officer Commanding for the RAF Section of the unit, Flight Lieutenant Catherine Barton.

Lt Col Ogg said: “William is mad about becoming a pilot and is one of our top performing senior cadets and is a credit to our CCF contingent.

“He has all the qualities and qualifications to achieve whatever he wants to in his career, as proven by the successful selection for this prestigious scholarship.”

“He has all the qualities and qualifications to achieve whatever he wants to in his career, as proven by the successful selection for this prestigious scholarship.”